Back In Venice After The First Week Of Our Cruise Part 1

Today is Saturday, October 3rd and our cruise ship has returned and docked back in Venice. Some people on the cruise will be leaving us after their week long cruise, while others of us like ourselves will be continuing on for the 2nd week of our back to back cruise.
We woke up early this morning and I went out to our balcony in order to take some early morning photographs as our cruise ship entered Venice.
After taking some photos we went to get some breakfast before getting in line to depart our ship as soon as we could.
We planned on spending as much time in Venice as possible because we had to be back on board before 5pm, for our 6pm sail off out of Venice to start the second week of our 2 week cruise. We would be stopping off at several Greek Islands.
This would probably be the last time that we would be in Venice for several years and maybe for good, so we wanted to make the most of our day there.
I ended up taking more than 500 photos throughout the course of the morning, day and evening. Because of the number of photographs I will be dividing this post into 3 parts so that the photos will load up quicker. So with that being said let's begin our days worth of activities:

A tugboat greets us as we slowly enter Venice via the Guidecca Canal

As we slowly cruise around the corner heading into Venice we can see the San Giorgio Maggiore is a 16th-century Benedictine church which was built upon an island 

Even early in the morning there can be a lot of boat traffic...after all it is one of the main modes of transportation used in Venice

The Chiesa del Santissimo Redentore, commonly known as Il Redentore, is a 16th-century Roman Catholic church located on Giudecca in the sestiere of Dorsoduro, in the city of Venice, Italy

 Walking all alone in the early morning hours
The Hilton Molino Stucky on Guidecca  

Tale of 2 boats...the tortoise and the hare
  A crowded small canal

Santa Maria della Salute, commonly known simply as the Salute, is a Roman Catholic church and minor basilica located at Punta della Dogana in the Dorsoduro sestiere of the city of Venice, Italy

Piazza San Marco - St. Marks Square surrounded by Doges Palace, Saint Marks Basilica and San Marco Campanile

St. Mark's Clock Tower

Caffè Florian is a coffee house situated in the Procuratie Nuove of Piazza San Marco, Venice. It was established in 1720, and is the oldest coffee house in continuous operation (with Café Procope in Paris)

We had been to this cafe 2 years ago but this visit left a bad taste in our mouths. Veronica got a cappuccino and I got hot tea. It ended up costing us 45 euros which is approximately $52.00 - $55.00 USD at the currency rate it was on date of purchase. Why so much you ask? We were totally caught off guard by the high price we were being charged and we asked the same question..why so much? We were promptly told that because there was music playing outside in front of the cafe that they charged double when the music is being played. The funny thing is that there are seats or you can stand and watch and listen to the music and it cost you nothing but they double the prices inside of the Cafe...never again will we go there
And here they are..good musicians but not good enough to cause the prices to be doubled AND you could not even see the musicians from where we were seated.
In front of the Cafe Florian

Gondolas docked outside of Piazza San Marco

Stay tuned for Part 2 of this 3 part blog entry on our visit to Venice, Italy
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